Exploring the Cape Winelands
The Cape Winelands represent country-living at it's best. Although the Winelands are only a 45 minute drive from the city, your sight-seeing activities of the day will seem a life-time away once you sit down and begin to enjoy a home-cooked country dinner with a bottle of the Cape's finest, both prepared with generations of pride by your host.
The Cape Winters tend to be cool and rainy with blustery winds. (The grapes like it that way). So if you plan your visit for that time of year, make sure your accommodation has a nice crackling fireplace and some fine brandy in stock.
For the adventurous, the Hottentots Holland Nature Reserve provides challenging hiking trails with breathtaking views. But you needn't hop in your car to find a good trail. Most wine farms have plenty of very pleasant walks and hiking trails for you to stroll along, on foot or horse-back, in the comfort of your vineyard.
Or you can spend the day exploring the majestic wine estates throughout the wine route. Drive out to Franschhoek for lunch. Then pop into the local winery and find out how fine wine and brandy is really made. (There's a good reason they grow oak trees in the region).To find out more about Franschhoek download their e-brochure From Franschhoek you can also head up into the Hottentots Holland Mountains and enjoy the spectacular scenery. Head straight through to the N2 highway and before heading down Sir Lowry's Pass be sure to stop at the scenic lookout that overlooks the entire False Bay and Cape Peninsula.
Paarl is a beautiful old town well worth a visit. Paarl is the 3rd oldest European town in South Africa. The Afrikaans Language Monument on the slopes of the Paarl Mountains pays homage to the Dutch settlers of the area that developed a this relatively new language. There's plenty of museums in Paarl where you can learn about the rich history of Paarl. For more tourism information on Paarl visit Paarl Tourism
The Winelands have plenty of outdoor activities from golfing to equestrian to hot air ballooning. Stellenbosch is a must. It's a beautiful old town with a plenty of fine restaurants, shops and museums. Be sure to visit the tourism bureau to find out when and where the various wineries and distilleries are available for touring.
Be sure to head down to Somerset West and Strand. The beaches in Gordon's Bay are full of interesting tidal pools, so bring your snorkel.